Carondelet Health Network President and CEO, Ruth W. Brinkley, is leaving her current role with Carondelet on October 16, 2011.  Brinkley will be transitioning to an advocacy position for Ascension Health in Washington D.C. Ascension Health is Carondelet’s parent ministry. Brinkley’s new role, “Executive in Residence,” is envisioned to capitalize on her tremendous operating expertise and knowledge. As the scope of work related to the Affordable Care Act is implemented, Ascension Health faces new challenges in both legislative leadership and as a policy partner. Having a representative who is a credible voice for expressing the delivery system impact of the new law comes at an extremely important time.

"The Ascension Health and Carondelet Health Network Boards of Directors, leadership teams and associates are grateful for the many contributions that Ruth has made to both Ascension Health and Carondelet,” says Robert J. Henkel, FACHE, President, Healthcare Operations and Chief Operating Officer, Ascension Health. “Ruth has led
Carondelet during a very challenging time and her dedication to the health ministry's mission and values has never wavered.”

Adds Sister Annette Bower, Chair of the Carondelet Health Network/Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute Board, "Carondelet will deeply miss Ruth Brinkley. Her leadership has embodied the mission and values of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and she has led this ministry through tough times with integrity and total dedication. We always knew that she loved her work and she loved the people of Carondelet." 

“I came to Tucson four years ago for the privilege of leading Carondelet, a health ministry with a phenomenal 131-year legacy of commitment to Tucson and Southern Arizona,” notes Brinkley. “I have reveled in each accomplishment celebrated by our team of 5,000 associates and 1,200 physician partners. There is so much more to come. As I move forward to meet my new challenges on behalf of Ascension Health, I am gratified that each member of the Carondelet family is committed to meeting the healthcare needs of this region—just as our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, did so many years ago.”

Ascension Health and the Carondelet Board have appointed James K. Beckmann, Jr. as the Interim President and CEO of Carondelet Health Network. He will assume the role October 17, 2011. Beckmann currently serves as Senior Vice President for System Support Services at Ascension Health.

About Carondelet Health Network
Located in Tucson, Arizona, Carondelet Health Network is a Catholic, nonprofit healthcare system dedicated to
responding to the health and wellness needs of Southern Arizonans. Carondelet was founded by the Sisters of St.
Joseph of Carondelet 131 years ago. Carondelet Health Network facilities include Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital,
Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute and Carondelet Neurological Institute at
St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson and Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Arizona. Other Carondelet
services include 20 primary and specialty medical offices, two ambulatory surgery centers and various outpatient
services. Carondelet Health Network is a ministry of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic, not-for-profit
healthcare system. In FY2010, Carondelet provided nearly $50 million (8.3 percent of its net revenue) in Community
Benefit to improve the health of our community and increase access to health care. More information about
Carondelet Health Network is available at
www.carondelet.org.